Steamboat Springs High School senior Randall Nelson hits a layup in practice Wednesday morning.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs High School senior Randall Nelson hits a layup in practice Wednesday morning.

Steamboat, Hayden hoops teams to face off in preseason scrimmage

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What: Steamboat Springs vs. Hayden boys basketball scrimmage

When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: Steamboat Springs High School

— The Steamboat Springs High School and Hayden High School boys basketball teams will use one another for a preseason test this weekend in Kelly Meek Gymnasium.

The two Routt County schools scrimmage at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Although Steamboat doesn’t begin its season until Dec. 1, and Hayden won’t play meaningful games until Dec. 9, both coaches hope this weekend’s tune-up begins to answer questions about their squads.

“It’s for a variety of things,” Hayden coach Mike Luppes said about the scrimmage. “No. 1 it keeps us on pace of where we need to be. We’re able to see some of the things we’ve been working on. It gives us a little report card of what we need to work on.”

Both schools are coming into the season with high expectations. Hayden went to the state tournament in Pueblo last season.

The Tigers, however, return just two starters in guards Graig Medvesk and Ben Williams. Luppes’ job is trying to integrate new starters into the lineup.

“We have basically two guys with significant varsity experience,” Luppes said. “After that we’ve got a lot of guys that we can look at. We want to see who can step up and fill those roles for us.”

Steamboat, along with Glenwood Springs, will be an early season favorite to win another Western Slope League title.

The Sailors return all five starters from last season and should have one of the best backcourts in the league with Charles Wood, Isiah Forsyth and Justin Anderson.

“They are always great to scrimmage for us,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said about the Tigers. “They are big, physical and they bring a lot of things to the table.

It’s great for us. They enjoy it and it works out well for us.”

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